The Age Of Bowie

The Age Of Bowie

How David Bowie Made A World Of Difference

Book - 2016
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Respected arts commentator and author Paul Morley, an artistic advisor to the curators of the highly successful retrospective exhibition David Bowie is for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, constructs a definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, influenced others, invented the future, and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley captures the greatest moments from across Bowie's life and career; how young Davie Jones of South London became the international David Bowie; his pioneering collaborations in the recording studio with the likes of Tony Visconti, Mick Ronson, and Brian Eno; to iconic live, film, theatre, and television performances from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with musicians from John Lennon, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop to Trent Reznor and Arcade Fire. And of course, discusses in detail his much-heralded and critically acclaimed finale with the release of Blackstar just days before his shocking death in New York.
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501151156
Characteristics: xii, 483 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Bowie


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Apr 20, 2018

(*Lyrics excerpt*) - "Nothing's gonna touch you in these golden years!"

As could be expected in the wake of David Bowie's untimely death on January 10, 2016 - A literal flurry of biographies and memoirs were soon lining the shelves of many book stores all across the Western World, and beyond.

And, of course, Paul Morley's "The Age Of Bowie" would be yet another offering to be added to the ever-growing list.

And, even though Morely's book is (I'm sure) written with all of the best intentions in the world behind it - At nearly 400 pages in length - It, as a final product, amounts to being nothing more than redundant mish-mash.

IMO - This book just can't seem to make up its pretty-little mind if it wants to be a biography, or a memoir, or a music focus, or what.

Anyway - Since "The Age Of Bowie" brings absolutely nothing new to the table - You actually might wanna just skip it completely and maybe opt for reading something else, instead.

(*Watch "Golden Years" music-video*)

Nov 21, 2016

"Ziggy played guittttaaarrrrr!"
Man, has this (2016) been a rough year for musical icons: Prince, Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard. Nobody hit me as hard as Bowie's death at the start of the year. Maybe we should've known then that 2016 was going to be a sh*** show. I'm sure we'll see a flurry of Bowie-related books and tributes in the upcoming months, as writers try to make sense of a massively influential and truly singular artist. English journalist Paul Morley's "The Age of Bowie" is, while earnest and timely, a bit of a mess. It feels like he had a lot to say, but couldn't decide if he wanted to do a bio, a focus on Bowie's music, a memoir, or an impressionistic tribute, so he just put everything in the book with little regard for flow or concision. I'll read most anything about Bowie, but this was disappointing and didn't offer up much new for the serious fan.

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